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Author Wang, Ping, 1957- author

Title Aching for beauty : footbinding in China / Wang Ping
Published Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2000]
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 265 pages) : illustrations
Contents PART I. CHINESE EROTICISM AND FEMALE ALLURE: Three-Inch Golden Lotuses: Achieving Beauty through Violence -- A Brief History of Footbinding -- Footbinding and the Cult of the Exemplary Woman -- Edible Beauty: Food and Foot Fetishes in China -- Silken Slippers: Footbinding in Chinese Erotica --PART II. FOOT BINDING IN WOMEN'S LITERARY TRADITIONS: Binding, Weaving, Chatting: Female Bonding and Writing -- From Golden Lotus to Prime Minister: A Woman's Tale Living from Mouth to Mouth -- The Fabric of Masquerade -- Conclusion: Aching for Beauty and Beyond
Summary "Wang Ping interprets the mystery of footbinding as part of a womanly heritage - "a roaring ocean current of female language and culture." She claims that footbinding should not be viewed merely as a function of men's oppression of women, but rather as a phenomenon of male and female desire deeply rooted in traditional Chinese culture."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-257) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Beauty, Personal -- China -- History.
Body image in women -- China -- History.
Footbinding -- China -- History.
Women -- China -- Social conditions.
Body Image.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 00009522
ISBN 081669172X (electronic bk.)
9780816691722 (electronic bk.)